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Working Below the Surface : The Emotional Life of Contemporary Organizations - Clare Huffington

Working Below the Surface

The Emotional Life of Contemporary Organizations

By: Clare Huffington (Editor), William Halton (Editor), David Armstrong (Editor), Jane Pooley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9781855752948
Number Of Pages: 272

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The chapters contributed to this book have been written by the staff and associates of The Tavistock Consultancy Service, whose distinctive competence is in the human dimension of enterprise and the dynamics of the workplace. From their own perspectives, they tell a story of the experience of working as consultants over the decade with individuals, teams and whole organizations. The intention is to identify and explore some of the key themes that have emerged and how these affect and influence the understanding of leadership and management in contemporary organizations. No attempt is made to reach a consensus, but rather to raise and map out a territory of continuing question and debate. The themes covered in the book are: the emotional world of the organisation and its significance for understanding, decision and action; different perspectives on the nature and exercise of leadership; the dynamics of resistance to change and of creativity; the impact of contextual change on re-shaping the concept of the organization; different ways organizations are responding to issues of personal challenge or vulnerability.

Contributors: David Armstrong, Andrew Cooper, Tim Dartington, William Halton, Sharon Horowitz, Linda Hoyle, Clare Huffington, Kim James, Anton Obholzer, Jane Pooley

'This is a book for people who are serious about understanding what really goes on in organisations, not at the superficial level of so many business books, but "below the surface". It gives insight into the fragmentation of organisational life, and explores the impact on individuals' emotions, inter-personal relationships, the culture and the relationship between these levels. The blending of simple real-life examples of the coaching work TCS have done, with theoretical frameworks from the worlds of psychoanalysis, systems thinking and group dynamics, helps the reader to relate it back to their own organisation without losing the power of the academic/scientific theory.'- Martyn Wilks, European Vice President, Personnel and Organisation, Mars Incorporated'Read this book! The members of the Tavistock Consultancy Service are building a new psychodynamic framework for consulting in networked world. They are asking how individuals build relationships when work is temporary and organizations transitory. They define the enterprise as a passionate and enlivening setting that remains psychologically whole even when the organization changes. And lastly, through their rich and varied case studies they explore how a consultant helps a client respond creatively in the face of necessary losses and irreducible uncertainty. A wonderful menu, a satisfying meal.'- Larry Hirschhorn, Principal, Centre for Applied Research (CFAR), Philadelphia, USA and author of Reworking Authority: Leading and Following in a Post-Modern Age

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Series Editor's Prefacep. xv
Forewordp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Emotions in organizations: disturbance or intelligence?p. 11
Perspectives on Leadership
Introductionp. 31
Leadership, followership, and facilitating the creative workplacep. 33
What women leaders can tell usp. 49
What is the emotional cost of distributed leadership?p. 67
Change and Creativity
Introductionp. 85
From sycophant to saboteur-responses to organizational changep. 87
By what authority? Psychoanalytical reflections on creativity and change in relation to organizational lifep. 107
Working Relations in a New Organizational Order
Introductionp. 125
The vanishing organization: organizational containment in a networked worldp. 127
The discovery and loss of a "compelling space". A case study in adapting to a new organizational orderp. 151
Working with the Experience of Vulnerability
Introductionp. 167
Layers of meaning: a coaching journeyp. 171
Clash of the Titans-conflict resolution using a contextualized mediation processp. 191
Endwordp. 205
Notes on consultancy approach and techniquesp. 209
Glossaryp. 223
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9781855752948
ISBN-10: 1855752948
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 14.7  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.51